Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by Vincent Pearce: Standards Are Slipping
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Standards Are Slipping
This is the first review I have written after 10+ cruises on Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, NCL, MSC, P&O and Festival.I felt I had to write it as RCI really do need to review some of the standards on the Adventure of the Seas. Lets look at the pros and cons.
Nice ship with good facilities. Very clean with staff continually cleaning. Cabin cleanliness excellent with excellent cabin steward who was very pleasant. Food in main dining room good but not great. Food in Windjammer Cafe OK. Food in Johnny Rockets excellent - staff very good. Breakfast choice good with nice orange juice. Water and lemonade also available at meals. Noticeable that quality and size of sirloin steaks has gone down - used to be excellent but I guess you have to go to the paid restaurant for better quality.Didn't use these.
The two Tribute shows in the theatre were very good - Beatles and Celine Dion, not impressed with the others.
Embarkation/disembarkation processes very good. More
Some areas of the ship are tired and worn and need refurbishing. Some staff appear to be very miserable, apathetic and unhappy with only occasional pleasantries being offered - quite different to my recent experience on Celebrity and NCL. Smoking is a major issue on what is supposed to be a non-smoking ship. For example the Duck and Dog Pub was full of smokers and it was impossible for non-smokers to sit inside - you could cot the smokiness with a knife. Smoking was being allowed in all lounges and there was a continuing smell of cigarette smoke throughout the ship. There was totally no supervision or enforcment of smoking only in the designated areas.
There is very bad vibration on the ship particularly towards the stern. This was very noticeable in the Windjammer and the main dining room. Luckily my cabin was near the front and the vibration there was a lot less. I have cruised many times and never expierienced this level of vibration before. Its obviously an engine/propeller problem that needs sorting.
Although hand washing gel was available outside the dining venues it was not being enforced by the staff unlike my experience on Celebrity and NCL where staff were quite strict. This really does need addressing.
Unsupervised children were not being stopped from using the jacuzzis by staff. This I believe is quite dangerous.
Lastly drinks prices were very expensive. A large beer costs just under $8 with service charge/tax with a similar price for a regular glass of wine. Cocktails more expensive again.
Would I travel on this ship again? Only if the above matters are addressed. The non-enforcement of smoking rules are in my view a big issue and I think it unfair on non smokers that you aren't able to go into a bar or lounge without having to sit next to someone smoking. I sailed last year on the Celebrity Equinox and never once in any area of the ship had a problem.
Royal Caribbean used to set cruise standards - not any longer I'm afraid. Less
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